Become a Resident – BethanyKids Pediatric Program

The Pediatric Surgery Training Program is a 3-year, fellowship level program accredited by the College of Surgeons of East, Central, and Southern Africa (COSECSA) and recognized by the Medical Practitioners and Dentists Board of Kenya. The program is run via a partnership between Kijabe Hospital and BethanyKids of Kijabe Hospital under the auspices of the Pan-African Academy of Christian Surgeons (PAACS). The program typically accepts physicians trained in general surgery for a 3-year training track.

The scope of conditions treated is broad and includes tumors, congenital conditions such as anorectal malformations, Hirschsprung disease, intestinal atresias, hypospadias, bladder exstrophy, cleft lip/palate, chest and lung anomalies, and undescended testes in addition to a host of other surgical conditions affecting children. Part of the training includes exposure to minimally invasive surgical options for many intraabdominal and intrathoracic conditions as well as intestinal and urinary endoscopy.

About Kijabe Hospital

Founded in 1915 by missionaries from Africa Inland Mission (AIM), AIC Kijabe Hospital is a non-profit hospital located in Kijabe, Kenya. Kijabe is located within the Rift Valley escarpment, in a rural area located about 65 kilometers northwest of Nairobi. In the 1970s, the Africa Inland Church (AIC), a large church denomination in Kenya assumed ownership and management responsibility for the hospital from AIM. The hospital staff of over 700 now comes from all parts of Kenya and Africa, including a number of volunteer missionaries from overseas.

The hospital’s primary mission is to glorify God through the provision of compassionate health care,
excellent medical training, and spiritual ministry in Jesus Christ.

About BethanyKids

Bethany Relief and Rehabilitation International (“BethanyKids”) is a compassionate Christian mission transforming the lives of African children with surgical conditions and disabilities through pediatric surgery, rehabilitation, public education, spiritual ministry, and training health professionals. BethanyKids partners with Kijabe Hospital to facilitate the care of children at the hospital and to provide training at various levels of healthcare including physicians, nurses, social workers, and others.

Applicants must:

  • Be a citizen of an African country and be eligible to obtain a Kenyan medical license.
  • Be a graduate of a recognized medical school, at minimum, formal training in a basic surgical training program (e.g. MCS or equivalent), though an M.Med., FCS or equivalent in General Surgery is desirable.
  • Trained General Surgeons are eligible to apply for the 3-year fellowship track.
  • Be fluent in English
  • You must be a sincere follower of Jesus Christ as evidenced by your words, your actions and your lifestyle.
  • Two strong recommendations will be required. One must be from the pastor/priest or lay leader of your local church and one must be from a Christian physician who knows you well and has worked with you. These must be sent in separately (not from your e-mail address).



Please download and fill out the PAACS Resident Application to begin your application process.

Please download and fill out the PAACS Health Certificate form.

Email Your Application and Form

Please email your completed PAACS Resident Application and the Health Certificate to

Special Note:  All training slots are full for the July 2017 class. The next set of applications are due:  To Be Determined

Dr. Erik Hansen and family

Completed applications should be submitted to Dr. Erik Hansen with a copy to PAACS Admissions (click the button below to attach application documents to email). All qualified applicants will undergo a formal interview as part of the application process.


PAACS Resident Testimonies

PAACS is blessed to be able to educate and disciple residents in 10  different hospitals. All of our residents have amazing stories that led them to pursue a career in surgery. We are honored to share some of the testimonies of their journey of becoming a PAACS surgical resident.